Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

申命记 4

当守律法

1“以色列人啊,要聆听我传授给你们的律法,要切实遵行,以便你们可以存活,并进入你们祖先的上帝耶和华赐给你们的那片土地。 我吩咐你们的,你们不可做任何增减,这是你们的上帝耶和华的命令,你们要遵守。 你们亲眼看见耶和华在巴力·毗珥事件中的作为,你们的上帝耶和华毁灭了你们中间所有拜巴力·毗珥的人, 但你们这些信靠你们的上帝耶和华的人至今还活着。 看啊,遵照我的上帝耶和华的吩咐,我把律例和典章传授给你们,好让你们在将要占领的土地上遵守。 你们要谨遵这些律例和典章,因为这样就会让外族人看见你们的智慧和聪明。他们听见这些律法后,必说,‘这伟大的民族真有智慧和聪明!’ 我们的上帝耶和华与我们如此亲近,随时垂听我们的呼求,有哪个伟大民族的神明能与之相比? 有哪个伟大的民族拥有我今天所传授给你们的如此公义的律例和典章?

“要谨慎、小心,不可忘记亲眼所见的事,要一生铭记在心,并且告诉子子孙孙。 10 那天,你们在何烈山站在你们的上帝耶和华面前,耶和华对我说,‘把民众招聚起来,让他们听我的教诲,学习一生敬畏我,并传授给自己的儿女。’ 11 你们来到山脚下,站在那里,山上烈焰冲天、乌云密布、极其幽暗。 12 耶和华在火焰中对你们说话,你们只听见祂的声音,却看不见祂的形象。 13 祂向你们宣告祂的约,就是祂吩咐你们遵守的十诫,并写在两块石版上。 14 那时,耶和华吩咐我把律例和典章传授给你们,好让你们在将要占领的土地上遵守。

不可拜偶像

15 “你们要格外小心,耶和华在何烈山的火焰中对你们说话时,你们没有看见任何形象, 16 所以不可堕落,去为自己制造任何形状的神像——男人、女人、 17 飞禽走兽、 18 爬虫或鱼类。 19 当你们举目观看你们的上帝耶和华赐给天下万民的日、月、星辰等天上万象时,不要受诱惑去跪拜、供奉它们。 20 耶和华拯救你们脱离埃及那座熔铁炉,让你们做祂自己的子民,正如今日的情形。 21 因你们的缘故,耶和华向我发怒,起誓不让我过约旦河、进入祂赐给你们作产业的那片佳美之地。 22 我将死在约旦河这边,过不了约旦河。但你们必过去得到那片佳美之地。 23 你们要谨慎,不可忘记你们的上帝耶和华与你们所立的约,不可违背你们上帝耶和华的禁令,去制造任何形状的神像。 24 因为你们的上帝耶和华是烈火,是痛恨不贞的上帝。

25 “将来,即使你们在那里安顿已久、子孙满堂,也不可堕落、制造任何形状的神像,不可做你们的上帝耶和华视为邪恶的事,惹祂发怒。 26 否则,今天我叫天地作证,你们必很快从约旦河对面将要占领的土地上灭亡,你们必被彻底消灭,不得在那里长久居住。 27 耶和华必把你们驱散到列邦,使你们在列邦中的人数所剩无几。 28 你们必在那里供奉人用木石造的不会看、不会听、不会吃、不会闻的神像。 29 但你们若在那里寻求你们的上帝耶和华,全心全意地寻求祂,就必寻见。 30 日后,当你们遭遇这些事,受尽苦难的时候,必归向你们的上帝耶和华,听从祂。 31 因为你们的上帝耶和华充满怜悯,祂不会抛弃你们,灭绝你们,也不会忘记祂与你们祖先所立的誓约。

独一的上帝

32 “你们可以查考历史,自上帝创造世人以来,这样的奇事,天地之间何曾有过?谁曾听闻? 33 有哪个民族像你们一样,听见了上帝在火中说话,还活了下来? 34 有哪个神明像你们的上帝耶和华那样在埃及当着你们的面降灾祸、行神迹奇事、兴起战争、伸出臂膀、施展大能的手、以伟大而可畏的作为拯救一族脱离异邦? 35 耶和华行这样的事,是要叫你们知道祂是上帝,除祂以外,别无他神。 36 祂让你们听见祂从天上来的声音,好教导你们,又在地上让你们看见祂的烈火,并听见祂在烈火中说的话。 37 因为祂爱你们的祖先,所以拣选你们,亲自用大能把你们从埃及领出来, 38 赶走比你们强大的民族,领你们进入他们的土地,把他们的土地赐给你们作产业,正如今日的情形。 39 所以,今天你们要知道并谨记,耶和华是天上地下的上帝,此外别无他神。 40 我今天将祂的律例和诫命传授给你们,你们要遵守,以便你们及子孙都蒙福,在你们上帝耶和华所赐的土地上得享长寿。”

设立避难城

41 那时,摩西在约旦河东划出三座城作避难城, 42 供素无冤仇却误杀他人者逃往避难。 43 三座城分别是旷野高原的比悉——供吕便人避难,基列的拉末——供迦得人避难,巴珊的哥兰——供玛拿西人避难。

重申律法

44 以下是摩西颁布给以色列人的律法, 45 即在离开埃及后传授给他们的法度、律例和典章。 46 当时他们在约旦河以东伯·毗珥对面的山谷,那里原属于希实本的亚摩利王西宏。摩西领以色列人离开埃及后消灭了西宏, 47 占领了他的土地,还占领了巴珊王噩的土地。西宏和噩是约旦河东亚摩利人的两个王, 48 其国土从亚嫩谷边的亚罗珥一直到西云山,即黑门山, 49 包括约旦河东的整个亚拉巴,远至毗斯迦山脚的亚拉巴海。

The Message

Deuteronomy 4

11-2 Now listen, Israel, listen carefully to the rules and regulations that I am teaching you to follow so that you may live and enter and take possession of the land that God, the God-of-Your-Fathers, is giving to you. Don’t add a word to what I command you, and don’t remove a word from it. Keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you.

3-4 You saw with your own eyes what God did at Baal Peor, how God destroyed from among you every man who joined in the Baal Peor orgies. But you, the ones who held tight to God, your God, are alive and well, every one of you, today.

5-6 Pay attention: I’m teaching you the rules and regulations that God commanded me, so that you may live by them in the land you are entering to take up ownership. Keep them. Practice them. You’ll become wise and understanding. When people hear and see what’s going on, they’ll say, “What a great nation! So wise, so understanding! We’ve never seen anything like it.”

7-8 Yes. What other great nation has gods that are intimate with them the way God, our God, is with us, always ready to listen to us? And what other great nation has rules and regulations as good and fair as this Revelation that I’m setting before you today?

Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren.

10 That day when you stood before God, your God, at Horeb, God said to me, “Assemble the people in my presence to listen to my words so that they will learn to fear me in holy fear for as long as they live on the land, and then they will teach these same words to their children.”

11-13 You gathered. You stood in the shadow of the mountain. The mountain was ablaze with fire, blazing high into the very heart of Heaven. You stood in deep darkness and thick clouds. God spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but you saw nothing—no form, only a voice. He announced his covenant, the Ten Words, by which he commanded you to live. Then he wrote them down on two slabs of stone.

14 And God commanded me at that time to teach you the rules and regulations that you are to live by in the land which you are crossing over the Jordan to possess.

15-20 You saw no form on the day God spoke to you at Horeb from out of the fire. Remember that. Carefully guard yourselves so that you don’t turn corrupt and make a form, carving a figure that looks male or female, or looks like a prowling animal or a flying bird or a slithering snake or a fish in a stream. And also carefully guard yourselves so that you don’t look up into the skies and see the sun and moon and stars, all the constellations of the skies, and be seduced into worshiping and serving them. God set them out for everybody’s benefit, everywhere. But you—God took you right out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to become the people of his inheritance—and that’s what you are this very day.

21-22 But God was angry with me because of you and the things you said. He swore that I’d never cross the Jordan, never get to enter the good land that God, your God, is giving you as an inheritance. This means that I am going to die here. I’m not crossing the Jordan. But you will cross; you’ll possess the good land.

23-24 So stay alert. Don’t for a minute forget the covenant which God, your God, made with you. And don’t take up with any carved images, no forms of any kind—God, your God, issued clear commands on that. God, your God, is not to be trifled with—he’s a consuming fire, a jealous God.

25-28 When the time comes that you have children and grandchildren, put on years, and start taking things for granted, if you then become corrupt and make any carved images, no matter what their form, by doing what is sheer evil in God’s eyes and provoking his anger—I can tell you right now, with Heaven and Earth as witnesses, that it will be all over for you. You’ll be kicked off the land that you’re about to cross over the Jordan to possess. Believe me, you’ll have a very short stay there. You’ll be ruined, completely ruined. God will scatter you far and wide; a few of you will survive here and there in the nations where God will drive you. There you can worship your homemade gods to your hearts’ content, your wonderful gods of wood and stone that can’t see or hear or eat or smell.

29-31 But even there, if you seek God, your God, you’ll be able to find him if you’re serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul. When troubles come and all these awful things happen to you, in future days you will come back to God, your God, and listen obediently to what he says. God, your God, is above all a compassionate God. In the end he will not abandon you, he won’t bring you to ruin, he won’t forget the covenant with your ancestors which he swore to them.

32-33 Ask questions. Find out what has been going on all these years before you were born. From the day God created man and woman on this Earth, and from the horizon in the east to the horizon in the west—as far back as you can imagine and as far away as you can imagine—has as great a thing as this ever happened? Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? Has a people ever heard, as you did, a god speaking out of the middle of the fire and lived to tell the story?

34 Or has a god ever tried to select for himself a nation from within a nation using trials, miracles, and war, putting his strong hand in, reaching his long arm out, a spectacle awesome and staggering, the way God, your God, did it for you in Egypt while you stood right there and watched?

35-38 You were shown all this so that you would know that God is, well, God. He’s the only God there is. He’s it. He made it possible for you to hear his voice out of Heaven to discipline you. Down on Earth, he showed you the big fire and again you heard his words, this time out of the fire. He loved your ancestors and chose to work with their children. He personally and powerfully brought you out of Egypt in order to displace bigger and stronger and older nations with you, bringing you out and turning their land over to you as an inheritance. And now it’s happening. This very day.

39-40 Know this well, then. Take it to heart right now: God is in Heaven above; God is on Earth below. He’s the only God there is. Obediently live by his rules and commands which I’m giving you today so that you’ll live well and your children after you—oh, you’ll live a long time in the land that God, your God, is giving you.

41-42 Then Moses set aside three towns in the country on the east side of the Jordan to which someone who had unintentionally killed a person could flee and find refuge. If the murder was unintentional and there was no history of bad blood, the murderer could flee to one of these cities and save his life:

43 Bezer in the wilderness on the tableland for the Reubenites, Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.

44-49 This is the Revelation that Moses presented to the People of Israel. These are the testimonies, the rules and regulations Moses spoke to the People of Israel after their exodus from Egypt and arrival on the east side of the Jordan in the valley near Beth Peor. It was the country of Sihon king of the Amorites who ruled from Heshbon. Moses and the People of Israel fought and beat him after they left Egypt and took his land. They also took the land of Og king of Bashan. The two Amorite kings held the country on the east of the Jordan from Aroer on the bank of the Brook Arnon as far north as Mount Siyon, that is, Mount Hermon, all the Arabah plain east of the Jordan, and as far south as the Sea of the Arabah (the Dead Sea) beneath the slopes of Mount Pisgah.